My birthday is coming up soon. I recently tried to talk Cliff into taking me on a bus trip out of Kansas City that makes a tour of the Flint Hills area of Kansas, but he was having none of that, impending birthday or not. The only bus trip he intends to take is one that is taking us to a tractor museum next fall.
So I figured he can just take me to the Flint Hills in the car. That'll be about half the price of the bus tour, but I still get to celebrate my birthday in a suitable manner. Today I'm mapping out our route.
There is a sort of museum in Alta Vista, the Ag Heritage Park, that is a personal collection of old farm-related items. Sounds like something we would both enjoy. You call the owners if they aren't on the premises, and they show you around. We saw a collection like that in Iowa a couple of years ago that was well worth the time spent.
I thought about taking a picnic along, but I think it would be more fun to eat at the Hays House in Council Grove. It was built in 1857 by the town's first settler, Seth Hays, and is regarded as the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River.
I hope we'll learn something about a state that we are prone to think of as nothing more than an ordeal we have to suffer through to get to Colorado. Friend Meesha blogged about visiting the Flint Hills, if you want to see what he has to say about it.